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The Pacific War Atlas 1941-1945

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0788161414
ISBN-10: 0788161415
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YA?A small, comprehensive resource. The colorful, detailed maps have clear legends, show geographical influences on battles, and illustrate the progression of troop holdings and movements. However, details of American troops can be hard to read as the black print is on royal blue squares. As so many of the particulars are shown on the maps, one might be tempted not to read the accompanying text that provides necessary background, many more specifics, and information on the military leaders. Accompanying black-and-white period photographs heighten interest. Unfortunately, the index is of limited use as entries are by the broad subject areas and cross references are listed for only the most important battles.?Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax,
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Diane Pub Co (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788161415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788161414
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,920,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fairly good over all view of the war against Japan. To me it seems as the author believes that the British suffered the most, were the only troops who fought in jungles, were subjected to desease, etc and ultimately were the ones who actually defeated the Japs, with a little help from the United States and Australia, etc. Good maps, though. I was disappointed that the account of Tarawa, Peleliu and Iwo Jima were so brief. Maybe it was because the Brits didn't participate in those battles. Burma, Hong Kong, Malaya were more important.I was hoping to be enlightened on the campaigns at Bougainville, New Georgia, Cape Gloucester, Kwajalein, Eniwetok etc but I don't know more about those campaigns than I did before reading the book. I recommend the "The Pacific War Atlas" as an introduction to the war against Japan.
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In 141 pages Smurthwaite has condensed the major engagements, both land and sea, of the Pacific Theater. The strength of this work is its brevity and the huge number of useful maps. While reading other more detailed accounts of various engagements, I would frequently reach for this book and the pertinent map. Brief it may be but not a word is wasted in providing a brilliant summary.
A great companion for "The Two-Ocean War" by Samuel Eliot Morrison
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By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. It has pages and pages of colored maps marked with symbols to tell you who was where, how they were moving and what happened (i.e., the advancement of an Australian Army Regiment or where Allied ships were sunk). Has small pictures relating to the campaign or battle being referenced, but this is a mostly a map book, and a great one at that.
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For some reason I was expecting more detail, especially in some of the island invasions. Peleliu, for example, was not even mentioned, and the fighting in Okinawa was very skimpily mapped. Although well-written, I found the mapping too general.
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This is a resourceful and handy guide of the history of World War II and the maps show the troop, air, ship, submarine movements during battles and the rise and fall of the Imperial Japanese Empire during World War II. The height of the Japanese Empire during World War II encompassed literally millions of square miles of sea and land. From China almost to Australia and New Zealand going eastward almost to American Islands of Midway and Hawaii, the Japanese Empire was vast. This atlas shows the Japanese War machine at their peak. When the United States entered World War II after December 7, 1941, the Japanese Empire held its own for a little while and slowly began to recede after the "island hopping" maneuvers and campains of U.S. Forces in the Pacific, Western Pacific and Southern Pacific under General Douglas MaCarthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz.
The maps and history highlight the important battles, either by land or by sea, the routes of the ships on both sides, the troop movements, and the interesting history from the early 1930's to 1945. This is an essential resource for World War II historians. The maps are easy to understand, the history of the battles with the maps are interesting, and this book gives an excellent overview of the War in The Pacific during World War II. Highly recommended!
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